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"Millinnium Glass: An International Survey of Studio Glass"
2001-01-13 until 2001-03-11
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The studio glass movement, a recent phenomenon in art
historical terms, began in the 1950's in the studio of Harvey
Littleton, a professor of ceramics at the University of
Wisconsin. He began to explore glass as a possible medium
for individual artists in small studio spaces. A groundswell of
enthusiasm raised studio glass to the top of the art world, a
movement that counts Americans as the real masters of the
The art world of Kentucky is fortunate to count among its
artists, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Professor of Art at Centre
College in Danville. Since the early 1980's, he has been
blowing spectacular vessels, three to four feet tall, which
incorporate up to 500 separate glass elements. In a
pyrotechnic ballet, he directs five studio assistants who help
him as he gathers, shapes and blows glass at temperatures in
excess of 2000° F. from his spectacular mountain-top studio.
Millennium Glass is an invitational exhibition co-curated
by Stephen Powell, collector Adele Leight and Brion
Clinkingbeard, Curator of the Kentucky Art and Craft
Foundation. As perhaps the youngest of all artistic
movements, studio glass artists are on the forefront of
technological practice and are creating some of the most
exciting and technically difficult works in the entire art world.
It is therefore fitting to mark the millennium in a salute to
this young, lively field of endeavor.
Working with Stephen Powell and Adele Leight, we have
selected a list of artists who are at the forefront of studio
glass practice, drawn from all corners of the globe.
Participating artists include: Herb Babcock; Philip
Baldwin/Monica Guggisberg; Rick Beck; Ricky Bernstein;
Frederick Birkhill; Sonja Blomdahl; Zoltan Bohus; Lucio
Bubacco; Robert Carlson; William Carlson; Dan Clayman;
KeKe Cribbs; Dan Dailey; Einar de la Torre; Jamex de la
Torre; Fritz Dreisbach; Robin Grebe; Shane Fero; David
Huchthausen; Sidney Hutter; Judy Jensen; Richard Jolley;
John Kuhn; Toshio Lezumi; Marvin Lipofsky; Stanislav
Libensky/Jaroslava Brychtova; Maria Lugossy; Flora
Mace/Joey Fitzpatrick; Andrew Magdanz; Dante Marioni;
Paul Marioni, Richard Marquis; Richard Meitner; Tom
Patti; Stephen Powell; Pike Powers; Clifford Rainey,
Richard Royal; Ginny Ruffner; Judith Schaechter; Jack
Schmidt; Thomas Scoon; Susan Shapiro; Lino Tagliapietra;
Michael Taylor; Cappy Thompson; Ulrica Hydman-Vallien;
Steven Weinberg; Dick Weiss; Dana Zamecnikova.